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Before buying those $550, $800, or +$1000 aftermarket wheels set you should consider giving a makeover to yours. I knew my wheels were in perfect condition no bents or scratches but they were normal OEM.. being short on $$$ and wanting to save as much, I had to do something, I had a project in my hands. Now I am in no way stating by doing this to your OEM wheels you will compare to the performance of $1000 dollar name brand wheels as they are fabricated with high quality parts but you will atleast get the look.

First I started by completely striping them bare apart: rim, hub, spokes altogether.

 

Secondly, I cleaned all the build up on the hubs and spokes with Metal wool 000, 0000 finest. At the moment that's what I had at my disposal. The rim had no build up so I just used Aluminum Polish and it was ready.

 

After preparation, I had to come up with what I wanted. Black wheels it was but I had to come up with even something better. If I had the money I would buy "DUBYA" being one of my most desired name brand I got my inspiration. I custom made my design and make "knock-off" Dubya rim/ hub decals from vynil.

 

I proceed it by powder coating the rim and hubs black thoroughly. I gave it plenty of time for the paint to cure and installed my decals on the rim lip and hubs. My plan was to give it a clear coat over the decals so they would be "stamped" or imprint to the rim itself and hoped for the best.

 

The result was great, I rebuilt my wheels back completely and topped it of by new Maxxis Desert IT tires. So far I have had no issues but plan to get a real aftermarket soon in the future. I started this project on Friday 8/25/17 and finished on Tuesday 8/29/17. I calculated on materials and expenses and this project cost me approximately $51.63, not counting my time.

 

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You say powdercoating then said you had to give the paint time to cure?  So what did you do, powder coat or paint?  They look nice, I'll give you that, but if you in fact did use paint they are going to chip up pretty good pretty quick.  Personally, I would have left everything just nice and polished, you put a fair amount of effort into that.

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Please route that brake line to the inside... otherwise, good work for what ya put into it. 

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You say powdercoating then said you had to give the paint time to cure?  So what did you do, powder coat or paint?  They look nice, I'll give you that, but if you in fact did use paint they are going to chip up pretty good pretty quick.  Personally, I would have left everything just nice and polished, you put a fair amount of effort into that.

Sorry about the confusion, I powder coated them and added a special clear coat for powder coating. They did look very nice polished!
Please route that brake line to the inside... otherwise, good work for what ya put into it. 

Will do! Thanks for the input
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$50? And that included powdercoat?

That is correct not including my time. Thats including all material costs, except I already owned a powder coating gun. You can purchase one of Harbor Freight for about $60

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I did something similar to you.. I broke down a factory rear wheel to get the hub. I then turned that factory Honda hub on my lathe to get it perfectly smooth. I then had it powder coated, and then laced it with new stainless steel spokes from Dubya, with anodized red spline lock nipples, and then used a black TUSK 18" rim. It came out pretty darn good when it was all said and done.

I think more people should invest a little time in updating their rims. I personally think you can get a FANTASTIC looking rim/hub/spokes for about half of what it costs to buy an aftermarket set complete ready to put on.

Cudos to you for the work that you have done. There is a lot of pride in being able to say you did it yourself. Your rims look super!

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I did the same thing this spring while waiting for the doctor to release me. My front rim had a small bend in it so I replaced it. Also switched the rear to an 18". I was not going to sand them though. I own and operate a body so I get my share of sanding in. I had them sand blasted instead. Did a simple black paint on the hubs. For the rims I did a candy blue over silver. So far they have held up to some beatings.

Those wheels look pretty good. I really like the logos.

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CJ you can get paint to stick without chipping. The sandblasting really opens the metal to take the paint. Then it has to be chemically etched. Then primers and top coats. It is hard to find everything available to the public though. Not necessarily easy to work with. I did bang on the wheels with a hammer to test the finish out. Powder coat is easier but I have never been a big fan of it

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I did the same thing this spring while waiting for the doctor to release me. My front rim had a small bend in it so I replaced it. Also switched the rear to an 18". I was not going to sand them though. I own and operate a body so I get my share of sanding in. I had them sand blasted instead. Did a simple black paint on the hubs. For the rims I did a candy blue over silver. So far they have held up to some beatings.

Those wheels look pretty good. I really like the logos.

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Really liked how these turned out .. amazing job man

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9 hours ago, Enduro28 said:


Really liked how these turned out .. amazing job man

Thanks. I need to sit down and make an estimate for doing a job like this. I would like to offer it to other riders. Sure beats the cost of buying new excel rims and then hubs for looks

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Thanks. I need to sit down and make an estimate for doing a job like this. I would like to offer it to other riders. Sure beats the cost of buying new excel rims and then hubs for looks

I been thinking the same thing.. especially with decals or a customs design they would definitely go for it!
It cost me around $50 for me to do my wheel build including me buying material that I didn't have in hand. That cost would go down now that I know how much and where to buy it from and have more "first hand experience"

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The biggest factor in price for me is if someone brings the whole bike or just the rim and hub. I can see doing this job for someone that has never put a drop of grease on the axle and I spend 3 hours just trying to get a wheel off!:banghead::banghead:

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